UPDATE: Controlled explosion carried out after 'firearms' are found near school

Emma Billingham

Reports of violent crime to Thames Valley Police increased by 30 per cent in last year

A large bang was heard across Waltham St Lawrence this afternoon as a controlled explosion was carried out near the village's primary school.

An explosion was seen at about 4pm in the field across from Waltham St Lawrence Primary School in School Road.

The school was informed about the explosion, which happened after the children had left for the day and there was no danger posed to the school.

Headteacher Li-Juan Ellerton said: “The police came in and told us it was being done but that it would happen after school. There was nothing to worry about, we just heard a big bang.”

David Bond witnessed the explosion and said he saw police and men in combat uniform who he believes were from the army.

Update October 5, 8.58am:

Thames Valley Police said it was called to a property in School Road where a number of firearms were found.

The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal team) was called to the scene and carried out two controlled explosions in a nearby school.

The first took place at 4.10pm and the second at 5.10pm.

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